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MAERSK TO OFFER CARBON-NEUTRAL SHIPPING

Friday, June 21, 2019  (Comments: 1)

A new carbon neutral product the first of its kind in the industry - is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are highly engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain.

H&M Group is the first company to trial the product as part of its shift towards carbon-neutral transportation.

The project is based around the use of biofuel - the same blend of used cooking oil and heavy which has been tested and successfully validated in a trial driven in collaboration with the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell his year. It is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) body.

“The biofuel trial on board Mette Maersk has proven that decarbonised solutions for shipping can already be utilised today, both technically and operationally. While it is not yet an absolutely final solution it is certainly part of the solution and it can serve as a transition solution to reduce CO2 emissions today. With the launch of this product, Maersk seeks to help our customers with their goal of moving to sustainable supply chains,“ said Søren Toft, Maersk COO. 

The biofuel is carbon neutral and provides H&M Group the ability to reduce their transport and logistics emissions towards their aspiration of carbon neutrality, when accounting for only the emissions from the vessel. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) will provide a procedure to ensure carbon savings are accredited to customers appropriately. When taking a full lifecycle view including also all emissions from upstream production and transportation, the fuel entails savings of 85% compared to bunker fuel. 

The goal of such pilot projects is to unlock the potential of sustainable fuels so they become a commercial reality. 

“We believe this is the only commercially viable path to make the required investments our industry requires to reach the carbon neutral target. We are so pleased to see a significant shift in sentiment and involvement from customers, fuel suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and competitors towards sustainable solutions,” said Toft.

Maersk says that shipping remains the most carbon-efficient means of global transport today, but accounts for 2-3% of global emissions, a number which will continue to grow if left unchecked by industry leaders and policy makers. Maersk intends to continue to facilitate, test, and develop low-carbon solutions on its journey to 2050.

Reader Comments (1)

Rightly said, "While it is not yet an absolutely final solution it is certainly part of the solution". I feel that there is a huge potential and would like to know if the production of bio fuel is sustainable.

By Saqib Afzal on Monday, June 24, 2019

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